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help me ID/find this edible Chinese tree?

Posted by princesspea sunset14 (My Page) on
Fri, Mar 29, 13 at 17:33

Hi all,

my good friend is from Shandong province in China and she is pining for the flavor of a tree her sister has, apparently featured in many foods of that region. I have eaten it at restaurants here in California but they are not telling where it came from. I am assuming that it is growing in somebody's back yard. I have attached a photo, I wonder if anyone can tell me more?
thanks, PP


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RE: help me ID/find this edible Chinese tree?

It is Toona sinensis

Here is a link that might be useful: Toona sinensis


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RE: help me ID/find this edible Chinese tree?

Thanks, solanum! That is exactly what I need, a source of seeds and everything. My friend will be so happy, this will be a great housewarming gift for her when she moves house next month.
PP


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RE: help me ID/find this edible Chinese tree?

You can buy seeds from ebay or from a store in canada. see the link

Here is a link that might be useful: store link


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Anybody got seeds or plants for trade?


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WAIT!

I think this might actually be growing in my backyard!

Thought it was some type of sumac...but so far it fits the description. The leaves look about right.

The bark, when scratched, has a vaguely peanut-buttery smell, and I have heard that is true of Toona Sinensis.

Need help with a positive ID before I fire up the wok.

If I ever figure out how to post pics on this forum, I will.


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RE: help me ID/find this edible Chinese tree?

There are two types of the "Toon" tree: a) edible chinese toon and b) the wild toon which tastes really bad.

These two look exactly alike. It is very rare to find the edible chinese toon here in the US.

To tell if your tree is the edible type, let someone who tasted the edible chinese toon before chew on the leaf (do not swallow). This is the only way I know to tell the difference. Smell doesn't work.

Good luck to you if your tree is the edible type. It's very hard to grow it from either seed or plant.


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RE: help me ID/find this edible Chinese tree?

I think raintree nursery carries it


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